June 26

Adobe CC Train the Trainer

Yes I am going back for more and more… #love2learn will become my hashtag! #AdobeT4T is a train the trainer model which I did using the elements platform earlier in the year, and really want to get my head around some of the secrets of CC. CC is Creative Cloud – the new subscription based way to access the Adobe software. We have access to it through school which is awesome, but as I am about to change over computers I don’t have it on this one YET! but can’t wait!!

Today was our first live class using Connect, and unlike some of the Connect sessions I have participated in, it ran really smoothly tech wise… and absolutely brilliantly participant wise. I did the 11pm New York time (11am Melbourne time) session and there were about 22? participants from all around the world. A few from Melbourne and Sydney, a bunch from all around the USA, Canada, some from Tunisia and even Jordan… sorry if I missed any other countries.

After the intros we broke into smaller discussion groups of about 5-6, I was with Deb, Deb D, Rusty, Lana? Deb and Rusty kept the chat going really well while Deb D and I chatted in the text box, we had some great discussions. We were all in one way or another involved with creative and visual arts, and felt that was one of the reasons we had a strong connection with creativity in what we do and how we teach! As far as Adobe products go, a range of skills, with mostly being self taught.

Some excerpts from our discussion notes… hope I recorded them ok girls 🙂

“Creativity: We all seem to work in the visual arts and hands on learning, it lends itself perfectly to the creativity in Sir Ken Robinsons talks.
Kids often find it hard to experiment, in case they “get it wrong” they need to get past that.
Everything helps with creativity. It takes the basic idea and gives it another spin… no pun intended
Kids today are used to instant gratification, they want instant feedback, so if it takes time they seem to find it difficult. But this is truly what develops their creativity.
Middle school kids not so scared to step outside the box. That’s what I like about mid-school kids. You can get them before they get too locked into the cookie cutter idea syndrome.
Too much standardised testing… globally!! means many teachers feel they can’t go off the beaten track as this will reduce the testing scores.
WE often have to fight for the arts to be included in curriculum… which gives the kids their opening to creativity
Gardiner’s multiple intelligences link in perfectly as kids are all different and learn differently.
Teachers need to step out of the box too, to take creativity into all classes, not just creative arts classes.

Teachers fear making mistakes with tech, and not looking like they know everything
“I work with a great staff with varying amounts of technical expertise. However, most don’t venture out of Microsoft Office and grading software.” Deb D
They “don’t have time” to explore different or new software
Staying up with tech is a global issue, that is what makes a huge divide being able to access technology.
In our state we have access to Adobe Elements and a great range of software that barely gets touched
Our arts and tech areas bought a site licence for CC out of our budgets (Suz)
Deb D: Our district is a little behind the times. We have recycled computers – PC based and CS4

Adobe Training videos are excellent
Staff development has to be geared to what teachers are interested in, showing them how it will save them time!
There is always going to be a learning curve when new products and techniques are showcased

We all have similar backgrounds and passions, and embed our creativity in what we do as well as what we teach!”
We found it quite interesting that in a random grouping we were all so alike!
And as always it is great to be able to do some great PD while in my sick bed with no voice, and still in my pjs 🙂
Web cam and sign language

Web cam and sign language

April 3

Final Submission #AdobeT4T

Wow, what a journey this has been! I have loved every moment of it… I still have more to go, but I figured I would submit what I have done so far.

I have used word to create the capacity matrix participants will use for self assessment and reflection on learning, as well as a learning resource book that can be written on, notes taken in their own words as we discuss and during the direct instruction phase of the PD. Still have to add in the Premiere notes… but you will get the jist!

Linked in the workbook are two videos I created using Voice and Premiere Clip, as well as Explain everything to get the stuff all together. I used Jing for my screen captures, and I created a couple of videos, but I am having issues with my sound on the computer… nearly time for a new one… so the Voice and Premiere ones will have to do.

I am really excited about flipping my classroom, as I think the kids are really ready for it too! I see my digital tech kids for 45 minutes once a week, they love the subject, but scream there is not enough time… so we have started watching the videos, and coming in ready to have hands on help getting deeper knowledge of the software we are working on. I have also done this with my other classes… I spent a session getting my year 7s to learn the parts of the sewing machine… in future I will be sewing in class, they will be doing the naming themselves with a video for homework!!

I hope I have got it all ok… Thank you for the journey, it’s been great

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Photoshop Elements workspace and tool bar  Created with Adobe Premiere Clip App (free)

The Sewing Machine Created with Adobe Voice App (free)

April 1

Creativity – final week in the Adobe train the trainer course

I have really enjoy the creativity sections of this course, which has been totally full on… well more than 8 hours a week over the 8 weeks… and yes I am finishing off my final project with days to spare!

We looked at this amazing TED Talk from Tina Seelig “Unlocking Creativity”. Well worth spending twenty minutes looking at the creativity through her Innovation Engine.

“The space we are in tells a story. Every space is the stage on which we play off our own life, and it tells us what role we play, how we should act.”

Habitats are also the rules, people, rewards, constraints, incentives, and physical space within a learning space.

How we use space is so important, we look at the industrial age type classrooms in lines where students are trained to work in little boxes… no space to permit creativity. Students love to explore on the floor, collaborate when given the opportunity, move furniture around.  Google/Pixar – innovation, creativity and playfulness are valued.

We have been working on a 3I approach to teaching and learning where students are given direct instruction, independent learning and interdependent learning. This will hopefully lead to fostering creativity… however, we get down to use the room, and someone has put the tables back into rows… arghhhhh. Clearly there has to be some further fostering of creativity with the teachers… hehehehe

“Culture is like the background music of any community, any organization, any team, any family.” Culture is the outside of the innovation engine… nothing can be looked at in isolation. The habitats we build directly affect the level of creativity. Culture affects how we think. A stimulating environment will create innovative and creative learners.
Everyone has the key to their innovation engine… it’s up to them to turn it

Do you agree with the statement: “Creativity isn’t an elective anymore; it’s our future”? Why or Why not?

  • digital expression is the new literacy and creativity is the new fluency: We have entered a new century with new tools and for the first time since the industrial age the way we teach needs to change, educators need to embrace creative approaches to hook the learners we have who have a world of knowledge at their fingertips, but need to develop creative ways to harness this knowledge, decipher it, and create a bold and bright new future with it.

What about this video resonated with you most? Why?

  • The emphasis on ideas, creating, expression and exploring new ways of doing things, innovating ideas. The tools have changed, they need to be learned to be able to be used fluently and therefore creatively.

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How will you apply the content from the Adobe 101 section of the Train the Trainer course to your professional practice?

  • I would hope that I can embed an even more creative approach to my teaching in all aspects. Following on from that taking it to other educators, in my own school, and beyond
  • Course Review: Creativity in Education

    Throughout the Train the Trainer Course we’ve explored why creativity in education is important, and we’ve examined barriers to creativity. We’ve also learned that creativity can be taught and assessed, and we’ve reviewed some best practices for fostering creativity.

How has your opinion about creativity in education changed throughout this course?

  • It hasn’t changed as much as being given support to what my thoughts already were. It has definitely become more structured which is a very good thing!

What was your single biggest takeaway from this section of the course?

  • In Creativity… the resources, and the encouragement and confidence to continue sharing with other teachers why creativity is a vital part of our 21st Century teaching and learning. I really like the quote “digital expression is the new literacy and creativity is the new fluency”. That says it all, we all need to become fluent in the use of the digital tools which allow creativity to blossom.

What other topics about creativity would you like to explore?

  • I intend to complete the Creativity units on assessing creativity etc. As I would like it to be much more structured in all aspects, in order to share the skills with non creative arts teachers.

 

February 21

Can you teach creativity?

Week 5 of Adobe Train the Trainer and eLearning, and I am loving the exploration, focus and resources for creativity.

Can creativity be taught?
hmmmmm good question, I think people can be shown ways to think more creatively and allow them to feel free to be more creative
 
Sir Ken Robinson

Part II: Creativity Workshops

“Take a look at the self-paced professional development workshops on The Adobe Education Exchange that focus on teaching creativity. You can explore these workshops to develop your skills, and direct the educators you work with to these resources for additional professional development.”

The creative process

Jeff speaks about the creative process within his classroom. He mentions exposing students to multiple resources to inspire them, and then letting them explore and play, plan, build, and ultimately refine their projects. He used techniques including:
  • Sketching to generate ideas
  • technique building
  • play
  • planning
  • refining
  • building
  • multiple influences
  • talk, reflect
Creativity is an important part of the learning process
Creativity provides a challenge… and often makes students more willing to put in the extra work, creating products, showcasing to others, presenting to an audience, giving them a voice.

 

  • Which resource from this week’s Creativity in Education resonated most with you? Why?
    • Using the design/creative process to foster creativity in my classroom
  • How can you apply the information from this week’s Creativity in Education section to your professional practice?
    • making sure to continue to use the creative process across all of my presentations as well, to foster creativity regardless of audience.

How will you be using creativity in your classroom? How do you already??

February 20

Barriers to creativity in the classroom

I have to say I am spending a lot of time exploring these discussions, and falling further behind… but the information and the resources are sensational.

  • Do you agree with Robinson that schools stifle creativity?
    • yes
  • As you viewed the video, what grabbed your attention about Robinson’s assertions regarding education systems and creativity?

    • if you are not prepared to be wrong you will never come up with anything original
    • educating people out of their creative capacity
    • we are educated out of creativity
    • hierarchy of subjects across the globe, and within the arts maths -> arts visual arts -> performing arts
    • so agree…. chose year 12 subjects based on what I was told I should have… sciences, should have chosen the arts
    • structure of education is shifting
    • creativity: original ideas which have value
    • different ways to be able to think… kinaesthetic etc
    • we have to rethink education
  • Do you agree with Robinson that creativity is as important as literacy and should be treated as such by school systems?
    • we need to educate their whole being!!
Creativity is vital, I think teachers have to be more able to allow these skills and way of thinking to develop and grow, rather than to be stifled. Those of us who teach in the creative arts areas are often told we need to have professional development which will improve our ability to help students to develop their literacy and numeracy in all subjects, creativity should be treated the same way, with learning opportunities provided for teachers to support them to support the students.

Barriers to creativity

This simple video infographic  details the results of a global survey of educators and parents around the globe as to what is stopping students from becoming more creative thinking. It is interesting to see both the similarities in some countries and the differences…

Key Findings

  • In all of the countries surveyed, respondents identified a lack of resources and educator restriction from straying outside the curriculum as among the top three barriers to education. (barrier)
  • In all of the countries surveyed, respondents stated that providing tools and training to educators to enable creativity as among the top three most important steps to promote and foster creativity in education. (solution)
    The study Barriers to Creativity in Education: Educators and Parents Grade the System  suggests that providing tools and training to educators is key to transforming education systems so that they promote, rather than discourage, creativity. As a professional development leader, you help to provide tools and training to the educators within your schools and campuses.
    Yes, but only because I teach in the creative/visual arts and design technology, which fosters the use of the design process and creative approaches, encouraging students to develop more than one idea…and think about why they choose the idea they do, and how they can make it work.
    In my classes as above… but getting core teachers to think outside the box is difficult, as they have curriculum they have to cover in order to report on learning standards… hmmmm
    Time, focus on results rather than the process to get there, focus of the school… not looking at curriculum restructure as much as they should.
    • What was your biggest takeaway from this week’s Creativity in Education section of the course?
    We need to encourage creative thinking in our teachers, and provide them with the strategies to embed this into their teaching… to encourage students to develop more creative approaches.
    • How can you apply what you learned about barriers to creativity in education to the work you do to train educators?
    In Australia one of the main issues was lack of resources. By encouraging other teachers to explore the tools available in the Adobe Education Exchange which has some excellent resources for the development of fostering creativity in your classroom.
    There are some excellent tools on Creativity in the classroom… how to here at the Adobe Education Exchange:

    Explore Creativity in Today’s Classroom: Learn why creativity is important in today’s classroom, assess your creativity readiness, and grow your creativity level.

February 17

I support creativity in the classroom

Adobe is fostering the development of more creative classrooms through some exciting curriculum as well as providing the tools to easily enable creativity. Week 3’s look at creativity and Adobe has inspired me further… getting my juices flowing and looking to create even more exciting and creative classrooms.

Have you been able to foster creativity in your role as an education trainer of Adobe tools? If so, how? If not, why not?

The products allow students to travel at their own pace… over the years I have had many who come in excited about new tutorials they have discovered, and new brushes and techniques… certainly never limited by what is in the box.
  • Research shows that creativity is vital to success in the 21st century economy, but the education system often stifles it rather than fostering and nurturing it.
  • This is why Adobe is investing in education through: their professional software tools and services, curriculum and certification to help students unleash their creativity, and professional learning experiences for educators.

We need to join the movement, #CreateEdu by joining the Adobe education exchange, Learn new skills and get creative tools. Explore creativity in Today’s classroom through online self paced courses.

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